'''William Seward Burroughs II''' (; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American novelist
, short story
, and spoken word
performer. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation
and a major Postmodern literature|postmodernist
author who wrote in the paranoid fiction
genre, and his influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films. He was also briefly known by the pen name
He was born into a wealthy family in St. Louis|St. Louis,...